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>> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". on the eve of a saudi-proposed ceasefire fighting continues in yemen. ♪ ♪ hello, i am in doha. also ahead, south korea warns of what it calls a merciless response to north korea's test launch of a new ballistic missile. [applause] rival groups in central african republic sign a deal to put down their arms after a conflict that's killed thousands. and cuba's president thanks pope francis for helping to end
the diplomatic deep freeze with the u.s. ♪ ♪ hello, less than 24 hours from the start of a sees fire in generally. more cities have come under heavy bombardment from saudi-led air strikes. the city near the southwest board earn of yemen came under renewed mortar fire last name last week eight people were killed by shells launched by houthis after that the saudi-led coalitions said the houthi rebels had crossed a red line. let's go now to yemen's foreign minister who is joining us on the line from saudi arabia's capital riad. thank you for being with us, sir. i want to ask you first about the late ate tacks and specifically this reported
attack on the former president saleh's home you said that he's pretty much out of the picture now f that's the case, and the houthi rebels are clearly not in any sort of discussion at this point, who is is there left to deal with in yemen there has to be a political solution to this in the end doesn't there? >> yes. first of all, let me tell you that saleh yesterday last small. is showing all kind of narcissism and in and closing
his life even. [ inaudible ] he's only looking for his own interest. which is now everyone in -- not only inside yemen but also outside yemen. those who were thinking that he would be part of any future discussion about peace in yemen he has got no chance at all. the houthi as we said before will not comply with any ceasefire. they are not willing to do any kind of discussion or negotiation whatever. they are just using time. they want to destroy everything in yemen and they are big bag of
lies which they continue just to burst on. >> i want to ask you as well about the criticism that has been made of much of the bombing, the continued shelling in yemen. reports by the u.n. saying that the -- that civilians have been hit in very large numbers. i mean what are you doing -- what is the saudi-led coalition doing to avoid that? >> first of all let me explain something very important. i don't understand why some television and media are giving a blind eye they don't look what's happening in aden. why saleh and the houthi rebels are shelling civilians, are killing innocent people in aden.
and other cities also of yemen. and nobody is saying anything about what is happening here for the last few days. while everyone is concentrating on the air strikes. while the air strikes are going only to specific targets, and not causing -- maybe very little civilian casualties. but the main problem is there in the cities where there are now cull my signaturing the cities and trying to attack again and again aden and other places in yemen. the problem is inside yemen. it's not about just the houthis it's saleh and the houthi rebels are killing yemenis and just trying to draw attention to the world that this is a problem between them and the.
[ inaudible ] it's a problem between a small group of militia, a terrorist group the only difference they are supported by iran. >> appreciate you talking to us, yemeni foreign minister talking to us there from the saudi-capital riyadh. thank you very much for your time sir. morocco's state news agency is reporting that one of its fighter jets taking part in the saudi-led air campaign in yemen has gone missing a statement from morocco's armed forces said an f-16 similar are to this one came under fire. didn't say by what or whom. it's not known if the pilot ejected. morocco joined the saudi-led coalition in the early days of the campaign against houthi rebels contributing six fighter jets. now, south korea's defense minister has said there will be a merciless response to north korea's test firing of a submarine launched plastic
missile last week, harry fawcett has more from the south korean capital seoul. >> reporter: south korea is certainly take this is news extremely seriously, that can be seen in the kind of meetings taking place on monday. the ruling party and the government discussing this issue, the defense ministry briefing the national assembly and giving a news conference in which south korea's defense ministry said that this was a very serious and worrying development. urging north korea immediately to halt development of submarine launch plastic missile technology, saying that it undermined security on the korean peninsula. at the same time as that, the defense ministry is trying to play down the significance of this one test or at least the success of this one test. saying that it was unlikely to have been a long range missile that emanated from the submarine, more of a test of the launching capacity and that it probably didn't fly very high above the surface of the water. also notice that go the five other countries that have slbm
technology as it's a known took a number of years, four to five years. north korea says this is the equivalent of having a time bomb strapped to the back of its enemy. and certainly, that is the key worry here in south korea that its tactic in the future of having a kill chain so-called to identify a millsal on the launch pad and strike it before it entered anywhere close to south korean territory that could come under real threat if north korea is able to develop enough submarines with a long enough range that could remain undetect the under water and fire at will will. >> a peace deal signedded signed with the government aimed at ending two years of fighting which killed thousands of people and forced nearly a million do escape. the group promise today lay down their weapons but anyone involved in war crimes will not be granted amnesty.
the european union is to ask for united nations backing for a military campaign in libya to target people smugglers. libya is the main departure point for migrants trying to reach europe. libyan border guards arrested 163 may grant as they tried to cross the board never a back of a truck it's the latest in a series of migrants hoping to cross a boat across the mediterranean. more than 1,000 migrants from bangladesh in myanmar have landed on the malaysian island. they are the latest to be rescued from overcrowded boats arriving on the shores of malaysia and indonesia. authorities in both counties have rescued an estimated 1400 refugees over the last few days. the rohingya are clustered largely in north -- in the northwest of me an par. in the past the rohingya used to escape destination countries by crossing overlapped through
thailand but since thailand began cracking down on refugees, they have been traveling by sea with the help of human traffickers to malaysia and indonesia. in malaysia's capital kuala lumpur with me. what more do we know, first of all, about the migrants at this point? >> reporter: well, as you mentioned, we were able to speak to police in the resort town and they confirmed for us that about a thousand of these migrants had arrived last night. many of them were women and children. they were extremely hungry, thirsty and in need of medical attention. now, the home ministry here in malaysia has not been able to confirm any of the details for us. but the news agency is reporting that the boat they were travel on the ground appears to have been abandoned by the smugglers perhaps because of the crack down in thailand on people smugglers, they in yes recent weeks
have detectedded and closed down these so-called slave camps where the migrants were held until a ransom was paid by their families for their release think the conditions in this camp as far as we are being able to tell are absolutely horrific. the migrants are starved beat and reports of routine rapes of young women. this is a problem not just for mama lacia. in indonesia authorities there are reporting that they have rescued 400 migrants off the shores. and now the major concern for authorities is that there will be an influx of more migrants in the coming days. >> and what has been the response of the government in malaysia? >> reporter: well, the malaysian government has not responded to this specific development today. however, over the weekend the home ministry did say they denied, in fact, reports of
these slave camp on his malaysian soil. they said that they had no evidence to suggest that there were these camps here. and that there were no mass graves here as have been found in malaysia. on the -- sorry on the thai side of the border. authorities here, the home minister here, however, also said that they do not consider these migrants to be victims as such because they initially cooperated with the people smugglers to escape persecution in myanmar. and this is, of course, raising quite a bit of controversy with groups working with the migrants here. >> live for us there from kuala lumpur thanks. still ahead on al jazerra the physical scars of war puts heavy pressure on turkey's health system. ♪ and we'll tell you why playing french music is making waves on local radio stations there.
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have a full operational missile system within the next three years. 10 groups of fighters in central african republic have signed a peace deal with the government. the deal was signed at a peace forum in the capital. it's aimed at ending two years of fighting which has killed thousands of people and forced nearly a million to escape. now, in syria recent advances by rebel groups against government forces in idlib province have come at a heavy human cost. the number of patients crossing the board never to turkey is increasing exponentially. the influx is putting extra pressure on rehabilitation centers helping those needing specialist treatment. bernard smith reports from the syria-turkey border. >> reporter: evidence of the brutality of war is packed in to every room in this rehabilitation center near the border with syria. shrapnel and bullet wounds are the most common. this young fighter has spinal
cord injuries. and is paralyzed from the waist down. >> translator: to be honest, we are under a lot of pressure since the fighting came closer to the border here. we are getting more patients up to 60 per day. >> reporter: syria's conflict now in its fifth year, has resulted in around a million wounded people. there are no reliable estimates of how many have been left permanently physically disabled. shrapnel cut in to his spinas his unit tried to ambush a government checkpoint. his legs are paralyzed. >> translator: when i got injured first i felt so depressed. it was hard to think i might never walk again. and spend all my life like this. then i began to accept what had happened and feel i am improving. i have great hopes i will recover and go back to join the fight. >> reporter: fighters and civilians share the facility here. but the indiscriminate nature of the violence really hits home
when you see children like this 11-year-old. >> reporter: he tell united states that he was playing football when the ball was kicked on to the top of the defensive stands bank around his vellum, he reached up to get the ball and that's when a sniper's bull pet hit his neck. >> translator: i am not able to walk right now. i am having physiotherapy to be able to walk again. the clinic recently lost 50% of its funding because says its director many gulf-based donors cannot transfer mon my easily anymore.. that's happened at a time when this clinic's services have never been in greater demands. bernard smith, al jazerra, on the turkey-syria border. hundreds of women have taken to the streets of ba burundi's capital in protest against the president's bid for a third term
in power. he formally registered his candace on friday. me see that as a violation of a peace deal that ended burundi's civil war in 2005. south africa's main opposition party has elected its first black leader. the democratic alliance hopes the move will widen its appeal among black people. the party have struggled with perceptions that it mainly represents the white minority. a report now from port elizabeth where the new leader was elected elected. >> reporter: the this 34-year-old has made history. he's now the first black leader of south africa's main opposition party. the democratic alliance, but he knows critics of the party with its blue-colored emblems thinks it represents the interests of a white minority. so in his acceptance speech he tells supporters because he's now in charge, change is coming. >> if you don't see that i am black, you don't see me at all.
[applause] >> this country -- this means that our skin color must be. [ inaudible ] forever. system divides was evil and deplorable. and ultimately we cannot stay trapped in that way of thinking we must. [ inaudible ] by building a new bridge in to a new future. >> reporter: outgoing leader described as a tough tenacious fun and via brant leader was praised for attracting more black voter. but can he take the party to the next level. south africa's two most popular opposition parties have young black leaders. the economic freedom fighter party and now in charge of a democratic alliance. many people are asking the question is the ruling african national congress worried.
>> a dominant feeling that you do find within the electorate is that they have not done enough. it has not delivered enough. so there is a shift in terms of either i am staying away from the polls or voting for an alternative party. and it is there that that they should be able to capitalize. >> reporter: local government elections are due in 2016, which could be the first real test for the now black-led democratic alliance. >> if you are watching this program, we are still coming for you. [cheering and applause] >> reporter: he is promising to create jobs, tackle corruption and put the interest of the black majority first so south africans are watching him and waiting to see if his appointment is what the democratic alliance needs to entire more much sought off black voters. al jazerra port elizabeth. hundreds of families have gathered in mexico on mother's
day to demands justice for their missing children. protesters held a march in mexico city carrying photos to put pressure the government for look for them. amnesty international says more than 25,000 people have gone missing in mexico in recent years. chilean president is expected to announce the formation of a new cabinet later. she fired the last one love television over a series of corruption scandals. but as daniel reports that did little to improve her overall -- to improve her approval ratings. >> reporter: chileans are losing faith. opinion polls show confidence in the president, her government and politics in general has fallen to drastic lows. >> she came in to office knowing that trusting politicians was very low but she had high personal trust now the real state scanned that would affects her son has affected the trust people have on her and that is
going to be very difficult for her to recover. >> reporter: the president gave herself 72 hours to reform her cabinet. to reinstill some trust in the team. after she herself, became tainted by the property scandal for which her son and daughter-in-law are being investigated. but do the people she's trying to win over have faith in her plan? >> no. no. >> translator: no, no, no way. we have seen it all. the country has to be governed by politicians but we don't have confidence in them. >> we need a new system in which there are no politicians because chile today is very corrupt. >> translator: it's serious since we are losing confidence in the country, in our institutions and the political parties, because there is no transparency and people are not informed. >> reporter: there is a whole restaurant in santiago dedicated to mocking chile's politicians. that is perhaps no surprise with the latest opinion polls showing
only 3% of the population has faith in political parties. and just 29% support the government. politics in chile however, is a serious business. there have been tense negotiations going on here at the palace and this other government building, but we are face this is government in particular and politics and politicians having slumped solo, a simple shifting around of cabinet ministers may not be enough. >> it will be like an aspirin the problem chile needs to address is the economic growth w this slow down growing at less than 2% a year, there is no new employment creation and there are many chileans have expectations. >> reporter: chileans pride themselves on their economic and political stability. they demands high standards of their politicians and expects results. chilean leadership is under intense pressure to deliver. daniel, al jazerra santiago
chile. cuba's president raul castro has thanked pope francis to helping to broker the historic diplomatic deal with the united states. castro made a rare visit to the vatican on sunday and as lucia newman explains, it left quite an impression on him. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a meet to go thank pope francis for his role in helping that you relations between havana and washington. but after a private chat with the pontiff cuban president raul castro made a stunning announcements. >> translator: i said if the pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later i will start praying again and return to the catholic church and i am not kidding, i am a communist. a cuban communist party did not allow it, but it is being allowed now. it is a step forward. >> reporter: it would actually be a return to castro's past. he and his old procedure they are, fidel castro, went to a jesuit school in their youth. before declaring themselves
atheists and shutting down catholic schools after the revolution. and it just so happens that pope francis is the first jesuit leader of the catholic church. president castro says he will attend all of the pope's masses as he visit cuba in september on his way to the united states. we asked the leader of cuba's catholic church, cardinal jaime or tailing a what he expected from the visit. >> translator: it's natural that the pope will reaffirm the church's desire for cuba to open up to the world and the world to end up to cuba. especially as the pontiff has participated in the dialogue between the united states and cuba. >> reporter: pope francis will be the third pontiff to visit cuba in 17 years. a lot considering that cuba is a small country where the church is not particularly strong. but then cuba has always awakened an interest disproportionate to its size and pope francis' role in helping to
reestablish diplomatic ties between havana and and washington makes this upcoming visit particularly significant. mixing politics and religion is as old as time. and both castro and the hope are proving it once again. lucia newman, al jazerra have havana. and french president francois hollande has arrived in cuba for a one-day visit. it is the first visit by france's head of state in more than a century. he arrived in havana where he expects today meet cuban president raul castro and monday and participate in an economic forum. now, under french law almost half of all music played on national radio must be in the french language, it was ins deuced two decades ago to protect the national music industry, but as neave barker reports from paris many feel it no longer a prize. >> reporter: it's drive time on radio nova. one of the most popular stations in paris. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the team prides itself on playing a mix of
music, whatever the language. but in doing so, they occasionally break a law that dates back to the mid 1990s requiring 40% of all radio music to be french. half of which needs to come from new artists. >> translator: the legal quotas are not the best way of supporting the french music industry. the law actually excludes 50% of french music because there are know many french artists performing in english these days. >> reporter: at law came in to force at a time when only 1 in every 10 records bought if france was by a french artist. today many people are turn to the internet to discover new music in a variety i of new language, where the quotas don't apply. ♪ >> reporter: rap group perform in french. they believe all good music should get the same air time. >> translator: as long as the music is good we don't care if there are quotas or not whether it's french or english or whatever the language as long as
the music is good you have to play it so people can discover it. ♪ >> reporter: these performers are hardly representative of france's cultural establishment. but to some the sheer fact that they perform in french is something of a rare cultural commodity. especially to those people who feel that the influx of foreign languages eroding the country's national identity. but evening some supporters of the law describe it as a necessary evil. like composer and french lyricist jean marie moreau. >> we are tending our heritage and language, i hope one day these quotas will disappear because everyone will have realized that it is important to have songs in french and to express french culture. >> reporter: for the government state regulation remains the safest way of nurturing national taltalents. but in an increasingly
globalized world it's getting harder to drowned out foreign sounds. neave barker, al jazerra paris. and a reminder as ever there is lots more on our website aljazerra.com. keep up-to-date with all of the latest news. >> "whose wal-mart is it? our wal-mart!" "who's number one?! the customer always!" when we operate for less and we buy for less, we can pass those savings on to our customers through everyday low prices. welcome huuuuugh jackman! >> total revenue i believe every year: 400 billion dollars. having low prices drives traffic to our stores, and incre